Redeemed by The Blood
Since Christ's death on the cross, the Passover provision of the Lamb of God has been available for the salvation of every lost soul. The elements of the bread and the wine of the communion represent 'Christ our Passover, who has been sacrificed for us'. The key lessons of the Passover Lamb were indeed its blood, together with its body. The nation of Israel was instructed to take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of their houses. They were to eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire. Each physical lamb that the individual Israelite houses sacrificed was symbolic of the one Lamb of God. His blood sealed the Everlasting Covenant. Our participation in the Passover enables us to take the substance of Christ back to our houses. Here we can live by the provision of the Lamb every day.
Four provisions of Christ our Passover
In reference to the nation of Israel's deliverance from Egypt, we can distinguish several aspects of provision made available by the Passover Lamb.
The Israelite households proved that headship was active within their house when they took heed to Moses' instructions in relation to the Passover Lamb. When men lead their families in the application of the Passover Lamb, they engage their households in the will, timing and secret of God. This leadership becomes the daily representation that the lives of every member of the house are consecrated to God.
We read in the book of Exodus, 'For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you'. The blood symbolised protection because God saw that His own life was applied and active within each household. The blood of the communion continues to protect us from the judgement of the Lord upon the whole world.
The Lord said, 'You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you to Myself'. The Passover Lamb provided deliverance for the nation of Israel. For us today, the daily Lamb gives us access to the power of God. He is able to break the bonds of familiar ways and dysfunction in our homes. Our marriages can be delivered from the recurring arguments, the stale-mated opinions, and the trading-based appeasements that have crept in.
Finally, at the threshold of the promised land, the Lord proclaimed, 'Command the sons of Israel and say to them, "When you enter the land of Canaan, this is the land that shall fall to you as an inheritance, even the land of Canaan according to its borders".' Undoubtedly, there are many Christians who believe that Christ being sacrificed as our Passover was principally for deliverance from the world. But deliverance from the world would be the minimum reality of salvation. Our ongoing fellowship in the communion, and our commitment to the morning and evening sacrifice, is what equips us to draw near to the throne of grace. Finally, it is what will ensure we receive our eternal inheritance. Jesus' words to His disciples continue to apply today, 'I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you'.